noun \ˈvärv\

Definition of varve

  1. :  a pair of layers of alternately finer and coarser silt or clay believed to comprise an annual cycle of deposition in a body of still water


play \ˈvärvd\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of varve

borrowed from Swedish varv “turn, round, layer,” going back to Germanic *hwarban-, hwarb- “turn, circle,” whence Old Norse hvarf “circle, ring, enclosed space,” Old English hwearf “turn, exchange, crowd, embankment” — more at wharf

First Known Use: 1912

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